The international pop superstar Justin Bieber has just canceled the remainder of his “Purpose” world tour on Monday, July 24, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”
The 23-year-old Canadian superstar — who in recent years has been as known for off-stage antics as for his music — had been due to resume his “Purpose” world tour on Thursday with a total of 15 more shows across North America and in Asia.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remaining of the ‘Purpose World Tour’ concerts,” a press statement from his management said via justinbiebermusic.com.
“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over the last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase,” went the rest of the press statement.
Bieber’s group gave no further details regarding the cancellations of the star’s concerts. Justin Bieber is a fixture of tabloids who has frequently faced legal battles over incidents including driving under influence (DUI) through Miami and throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home.
But his career had bounced back on track with the spectacular success of his album “Purpose” in late 2015 that lead to a stream of hits including “Sorry.”
The “What Do You Mean” hit singer appears on a remix version of Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s viral crossover song “Despacito,” which has broken a record for streams across all formats and as of Monday has spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Top 100 singles chart.
Justin Bieber had been due to play his latest round of shows in the United States and Canada before an Asian tour that would take him to major markets in the region including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore.
The statement was re-posted on the social networking services of the concert promoter MMI Live and its head, Rhiza Pascua. At the time of the tour’s cancellation, Justin Bieber had 14 dates remaining covering cities in North America and Asia, including the Philippines where the pop star was scheduled to perform at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on September 30.
China last week said that Justin Bieber was unwelcome in the mainland due to his “bad behavior,” a likely reference to the puerstar’s surprise visit back in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan to the Yasukuni shrine that honors war veterans including convicted war criminals.
Justin Bieber has already played more than 150 shows on the tour across the Americas and European region as well as in Australia, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.